Effective and Efficient Waste-stream Management in a Food Facility

Effective and efficient waste-stream management for food facilities

Every manufacturer must address it—the ever-present elephant in the room: WASTE. Companies small and large, across all industries, are faced with waste in their manufacturing process. From raw ingredients to packaging, every stage of the manufacturing process must take waste-stream management into consideration.

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Ten Reasons Why You Should Build a Process Model

10 reasons why you should build a process model

A process model can be anything from a simple excel spreadsheet to a complex model that includes all aspects of a real-world manufacturing plant. However, the best model does not include everything. It only includes what is necessary to answer questions.

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Ask an Expert - Designing an OSD Facility to Protect Drug Products

Ask an expert – designing an OSD facility to protect drug products

Protecting OSD drug products from contamination during manufacturing is vitally important. Here’s how facility design can help. *As appeared in Tablets & Capsules – Solid Dose Digest, July 10, 2017

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An Engineer Inside the Classroom: How the Built Environment Influences Engineering Education

An engineer inside the classroom: how the built environment influences engineering education

As an adjunct engineering professor at a large university, I have had the opportunity to see the impact that the built environment has on my engineering students. Innovative features in a classroom can greatly enhance learning capabilities, whereas poor design (and even poor ventilation) can hinder cognition and learning.

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Innovation Science

Innovation science

What is innovation science, or rather, what makes our labs capable of supporting innovation? If you look back at history, many of our famous lab inventions came about in non-conventional and even accidental ways.

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Improving Documentation Change Control Process

Improving documentation change control process

In regulated environments, companies are expected to establish procedures for document change control as a way of ensuring product quality and safety. Any changes made to the product, system or facility, (e.g., manufacturing, processing, quality assurance/quality control, information technology (IT), etc.) need to be documented in a timely manner. Changing existing or creating new documentation typically involves multiple disciplines and can have long lead times.

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Leveraging your Packaging Consulting Engineer

Leveraging your packaging consulting engineer

It’s true – you only get one opportunity to make a good first impression. For a manufacturing company, a customer’s first impression often comes in the form of product packaging. It would seem fitting then that experts would be engaged in developing packaging to ensure best practices are being utilized in an efficient and aesthetically pleasing way.

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FSMA: Engineering for Food Safety

FSMA: engineering for food safety

Food safety is non-negotiable. Any contamination in products that may reach customers is a liability and must be recalled. Recalls are now mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that values risk-based prevention for maintaining food safety throughout the whole supply chain.

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Site Selection and Development Utilizing a Colored Stop/Go Rated Matrix

Site selection and development utilizing a colored stop/go rated matrix

How to incorporate a new process into an existing facility is a basic question that begins every project. The client usually has a preconceived idea of where a new process will go and how much space is available, but if we stop here and do what we are told, preconceived notions may drive us to a point where we find that project needs haven’t been met.

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Vision Your Lab in One Day

Vision your lab in one day

Laboratory projects can be extremely challenging and require a very thorough analysis. How do we as designers use our knowledge of past projects to work with the client to create their vision? In many cases a high level visioning process can be used in combination with practical approaches to create that vision in a day. How can you vision your lab in one day?

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